Ramshackle jangle-pop. Fuzzy shoegaze. Surfy horns. Boys racing for their lunchboxes. A useless stream of consciousness to try to summarize Birds of California. Actually, they're a six piece that's comprised of Tim Brown and Donna McKean of Lunchbox, Stewart from Boyracer, and Ron Mckean, Amr Toppozada, and Jeremy Goody, who all just happen to be awesome. And they actually do mix the aforementioned elements to make some fantastic indie-pop. The genre bending single Great Expectations is available as a free download from Tweefort-cum-February Records just in time to keep you cool during the terrible transition to summer. I suppose I should also elaborate about Tweefort's evolution to a record label. Danny and the gang are going to be focusing more on putting out ace music such as this, and the Fictional West single I mentioned a while ago, than booking.
I just made a root beer float, and gave the new Very Truly Yours album Things You Used to Say, a spin on the stereo. It was an excellent combination. Very Truly Yours say they're influenced by Heavenly and Camera Obscura, and I wouldn't disagree. I would probably be content listening to Kristine sing the dictionary, especially if she had Katie backer her up. Add the some guitars, strings, keys, glock, and drums and you've got a hit. Now replace the dictionary with something handwritten and heartfelt and you've got a smashing album. Honestly it's good enough that I can't even do a track-by-track review because it seems uncouth to do anything but let it play through. So, if you like Camera Obscura and other pretty sounding pop things of that ilk, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy from Skywriting Records so you can fully enjoy summer!
Everything is set for San Francisco Popfest 2010! Come join us from May 27 - 30 for the fun. Our full lineup is below. We have a very limited number of festival passes still available via our website (http://www.sfpopfest.com) for the discounted price of $48. If you'd like more information about SFPopfest, please sign up for our mailing list at our website and join our facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=45263827262&ref=ts).
Date: Saturday - May 29 Venue: Hotel Utah Doors: 2:30pm Ages: All Ages! Tickets: $6 advance/door The Orange Peels Dream Diary Leaving Mornington Crescent The Corner Laughers
Date: Saturday - May 29 Venue: Rickshaw Stop Doors: 8pm Ages: All Ages! Tickets: $12 advance & $14 door Ticket Link: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/7431 All Girl Summer Fun Band Still Flyin' Cars Can Be Blue BOAT The Art Museums
Date: Sunday - May 30 Venue: Dolores Park Doors: 2pm Ages: All Ages! Tickets: Free! Our second annual acoustic picnic show with: Math & Physics Club Watercolor Paintings TeamAWESOME! The Hairs Normandie Wilson Girl Band
Date: Sunday - May 30 Venue: Rickshaw Stop Doors: 7pm Ages: All Ages! Tickets: $12 advance & $14 door Ticket Link: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/7435 Cats on Fire Math & Physics Club The Tyde My Teenage Stride Devon Williams
We hope to see many of your smiles come May!
SFPopfest crew x (Aaron, Debbie, Kardyhm and Stuart)
I think this might be my most overdue post to date, but that's alright because it involves free music, and that never has an expiration date. Well, it does, but this is still fresh.
I got a wonderful email from Christoffer of the long defunct, but now revitalized, Cafe2001 record label saying just that; they were back in business. What's more, their first release ever, and first new release are both available for free download from their site.
Unlike Matthew from Shelflife I didn't know about this compilation, until now, so it was an introduction to a whole slew of new bands for me. For the most part, the 14 tracks span the spectrum of that Casio backed brand of indie-pop. If you've exhausted the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone back catalogue, give Toyen a spin. Want something to compliment Au Revior Simone in your next mix tape? Give a listen to that TAFKA Pasaan track. If you've ever wondered what a bunch of Norsemen on a beach in the Mediterranean in the 60's would sound like, that's in there too.
There's also a brand new EP over there as well. I'm not quite sure what to say about Remington Super 60. They play some beautiful indie pop with fragile keys swirling behind gentle everything. Sounds pretty twee until you hear that Burt Bacharach and a couple acid jazz-y groups are major influences.
Anyways, go here and download them both because they're great.
The stuff I post on here is for primarily for sampling purposes. If you like something you hear, you should go buy the album. And while you're at it, you should buy a t-shirt so the world can see that you support good things.
If you're a band and want something taken down, just say so. I'd say you should sleep on it first. Or at least have some cookies. If you're certain you still want something removed, I can make that happen.
If you're a band and you think that you fit in with what I talk about, then let me know right now! I'll put up a nice little blurb, and a picture, and some files (if they're available). It'll be a good time.
Some places to go
Sat 1/15 8:00 PM * The Depreciation Guild, The Click Clack Boom, The Vanguard The Rock Shop21+
Sat 1/15 8:00 PM * Tyvek, The Beets, Eternal Summers, Sweet Bulbs Glasslands21+